High alert along Kerala coastline

Fears a repeat of Mumbai attack planned.

High alert along Kerala coastline


Ingress of Pakistan-based boat on New Year eve

The Navy, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), and the State police are on a heightened vigil along Kerala’s 570-km coastline following the suspicious ingress of a Pakistan-based fishing boat into Indian territorial waters, off the coast off Mumbai on New Year’s Eve.

The incident, which evoked traumatic memories of the 2008 seaborne terrorist attack in Mumbai, has prompted security agencies to activate their ‘mainland and maritime assets on the Western seaboard.’

In Kerala, the Sagar Prahari Bal, a special force trained in maritime military operations and equipped with fast-interceptor gunboats capable of operating in littoral waters, was on alert at the Naval base in Kochi, one of the four anti-terrorist joint operations centres in the country, for the past four consecutive days.

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Source: thehindu.com

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